A broad-based 2005-6 study among a wide range of people discovered “that those who attended church weekly or more regularly had a 32 percent reduction in mortality.”
Then there was a 2006 study of British teenagers. It “found that religious observance lowered youth’s risk of developing a meningitis -like disease just as much as a vaccination did.”
Wonder what church all these folks were attending? 😉
I need to remember these facts the next time I preach on Hebrews 10:25 and church attendance!
But really, should this surprise us? Think about what is at the root of so much that ails us- stress, hyper-tension, discontentment, etc. God does prescribe an amazingly healthy spiritual diet that medicates these problems.
Just one text- Philippians 4: 4-9 if followed goes along way to rid our lives of worry and stress. That peace of God which transcends all understanding which will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus is priceless heavenly medicine.
I am not a believer in the “health and wealth gospel”, but I do find these studies extremely interesting and I am convinced that God’s peace is more powerful then Satan’s chaos.
So go to church! It will make you feel better.
It will make your preacher feel better too!